There’s nothing quite like the beauty of an item handmade with love and care by craftsmen and artisans with the very skills that have been passed down from generation to generation. However, the advent of mechanised growth and globalisation seems to have all but diluted the wisdom of age-old craftsmanship. As a result, the numbers of highly skilled craftsmen around the world have been steadily dwindling as these passionate artisans struggle to keep up with the fickle needs and whirlwind pace of the modern world.
Although it may seem that mass production has become the de facto way of life, fortunately, there still exist brands like Hermès that still believe in the virtue of traditional craftsmanship. Founded as an artisan harness-maker in 1837 by Thierry Hermès, the French luxury fashion house continues to be driven by a passion for creating beautiful heirlooms that will last a lifetime, drawing in aspirational customers with its diverse range of exquisite products that include colourful scarves in sumptuous silk and luxurious leather goods of all shapes, sizes and hues.
As with any timeless and beautiful creation, there is always more than meets the eye. Put simply, what also makes Hermès coveted by discerning consumers around the world is the allure of exclusivity, a strategy that continues to set this French fashion maison apart from its luxury megabrand peers. In these pages, we invite you to explore the intricate works that goes into the one-of-a-kind creations designed by dedicated artisans at the maison’s Made to Measure department, where passionate craftsmen, gifted with incredible talents, transform any wild designer dreams into reality.
At Hermès, every material possesses the potential to become an object of desire. Here’s a look at some of the maison’s impressive projects that will inspire everyone to dream big.
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There’s no better way to spend a glorious holiday by the sea than by luxuriating on a pleasure boat. This classic wooden boat comes complete with a utilitarian front deck that can be unfolded to create extra space while offering easy access to the crystal clear waters below.